Thiruvananthapuram: Both Rajya Sabha seats which are likely to be won by the LDF will be taken by the CPM. Last time, one of the seats which fell vacant after CPM members T N Seema and K N Balagopal retired was given to CPI.
According to the agreement in LDF, when two seats fall vacant when they are in power, one seat should be given to CPI in the first term and both seats can be taken by the CPM in the second term.
Vayalar Ravi, K K Ragesh and P V Abdul Wahab will be retiring in April this year. At present, elections are held before the seat falls vacant. So, the election will take place in March.
It is assumed that Cherian Philip, a CPM supporter, will be considered for a Rajya Sabha seat. His name was suggested in the last term itself. However, Elamaram Kareem was selected finally as there was not many veteran leaders of CPM.
As two seats are likely to be given to the party this time, Cherian Philip will be fielded in one. He resigned Nava Kerala Mission coordinator post the other day. He left Congress 20 years ago to be part of the CPM.
Though Cherian Philip had contested election as LDF candidate in Puthuppally, Kallooppara and Vattiyoorkkavu, he did not win. He is likely to be given either a Rajya Sabha seat or an assembly seat with high chance of victory.
The other vacant Rajya Sabha seat is likely to be given to any veteran leader as the chief minister aims to make a cabinet with more young members, if they come to power again.